Men's Valet Box, Texas Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 01-09-2017 01:10 PM 1951 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Men’s Valet Box, Hidden Compartments, Phone charging Texas Cedar Elm and Nogal.

Woods used for this project, the inner core of this box is Alder and is wrapped in Texas Cedar Elm with Nogal used for the corner splines, drawer pulls and hinges, I gave it two lift out trays, two very large drawers, and a hidden drawer, by pulling on the large drawer on the left and turning it so you’re facing the back of the drawer reveals the hidden drawer, there is a very large secret compartment with a false bottom door located on top of the box under the lift off tray a false bottom door, one of the trays is the secret to opening the false bottom door on top, by pulling out the tray on top and setting it aside then strategically placing the small coin tray from the drawer on top of the false door located on top of the box lining up the magnets it latches onto the door then by lifting the tray out it also lifts the false bottom door revealing the hidden compartment,

In the top of the back wall under the lid center is a notch I added for phone charging cord to lay in while the lid is closed, all drawers are flocked with dark brown felt. The hidden compartment can be used to hide a great many items and for the gun enthusiast the hidden compartment can be used to hide and conceal a lot of the pocket and compact size pistols, the measurements for the compartment is 7” front to back, 5 3/4” side to side and 1 1/2 to 2”” deep, It will comfortably house the Smith and Wesson M&P shield 9MM and pistol along with a small box of ammo and extra magazine.

This Box measures 13 ” long 7 3/4” high x 9 1/2” Deep, the hidden compartment measures 7” x 5 3/4” x 1 1/2” It is Finished in a single coat of Tung oil and several coats of my on mix of satin wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

I put together a blog on how I do the splines in the drawers for those that care to see.

Thanks for viewing

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 01:48 PM

Nice box! excellent detail on the small stuff – hinges, drawer edges, etc

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 02:30 PM

Excellent work Randy! Beautiful detail all around. Appreciate the blog you put together also!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 03:09 PM

beautiful box

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 03:49 PM

Great work, as ways love the way the grain flows on this box

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#5 posted 01-09-2017 05:35 PM

The first two pictures do not do this box’s subtle coloring justice!

Thanks for taking time to write the blog on how you do it. Happy New Year and keep your powder dry! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 06:08 PM

Very nice!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 07:30 PM

Sweet valet box, Randy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 08:27 PM

Thanks everyone.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 10:07 PM

This is a beautiful box and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 01-10-2017 12:53 AM

Very nice box. Love the design, and craftsmanship.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 01-11-2017 10:55 AM


I think I may tend to agree with BigAl on your other post, I personally lean towar the top on model to keep dust and such out, but both look terrific.

Any thought of making a 3-bay (3-drawers wide) design?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 01-11-2017 01:36 PM

Thanks Tooch, I do the lidless boxes to fit pocket books better as for a changing the design, I have thought about changing it up a bit.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 01-14-2017 02:11 PM

Another fine valet Randy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 06-03-2017 01:27 PM

Blackie, you’ve a unique style and a great technique and skill set which I envy. Thanks for the inspiration. This is a great piece, both fun and functional.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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